Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not deny the club’s interest in Young, who hit .267 with a .707 OPS for the Detroit Tigers last season and is coming off ankle surgery. Young, who made $6.75 million last season, spent most of last season as a designated hitter and has been mentioned recently as a candidate for the DH role in Tampa Bay.
The Phillies currently have four players – Darin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr., Domonic Brown and Laynce Nix – vying for two corner outfield jobs. Salisbury says Amaro is not necessarily looking to add an everyday outfielder, so the 27-year-old Young could be viewed merely as another piece of the puzzle, at least for the time being.
The Phillies have been linked in recent weeks to Scott Hairston, who is believed to be holding out for a multi-year deal.